Gary Neville believes Everton will stay up this season now they have appointed former Burnley boss Sean Dyche as manager.
After a turbulent 18 months that have seen Everton nearly relegated from the Premier League and having three different managers, the board will be hoping new man Dyche can bring stability back to Goodison Park.
Dyche has been appointed on a two-and-half-year deal with the primary aim to keep Everton in the league.
His first game in charge brought a morale boosting 1-0 win over league leaders Arsenal and now Toffees fans are hoping he can turn around the fortunes of one of England’s most historic clubs.
And Sky Sports commentator Gary Neville has backed Dyche to save Everton from the drop. He said: “I think Sean Dyche will keep Everton up. They are too big to go down, look at the new stadium it is a game changer for them, they won’t want to be playing their first season there in the Championship.”
He added: “We need Everton in the Premier League.”
Talking at The Overlap on Tour show at the M&S Arena, former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher wasn’t as quick to defend his boyhood club, saying: “It will go to the wire with Everton. I think Dyche is perfect for them, he is an Everton manager. It’s just their remaining fixtures that make me worry for them.”
With no new faces coming into Goodison in January, many fans have deemed the winter transfer window a failure. This left Carragher fearing for the Blues, saying: “The clubs around Everton have got stronger in January. Southampton signed players, Leeds bought in Weston Mckennie, where as they [Everton] signed no one, they’ve got weaker.”
Added Neville: “I just can’t believe Everton didn’t sign anyone. That’s a mistake.”
With Dyche now in charge it seems like Everton have made a shrewd change, but whether he can get a team that had no new investment in January to stay up remains to be seen.
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